Friday, November 27, 2009

Dirt Bombs

Dirt Bombs

A cross between a Cinnamon sugar doughnut and a muffin!! 

If you have weekend guests during the holiday season, here's a recipe that will score you some points. You can store them in a Ziploc bag and successfully reheat them, individually, wrapped in a paper towel, in the microwave at full power for 15 seconds. They're perfect like that, and they are SUPERB served warm.

About three years ago, I was introduced to "Dirt Bombs" by a woman named Sol on the Garden Web cooking forum. I am not sure where the recipe originated from, but when I did a Google search, it appears that a bakery in Cape Cod is flaunting this delicious muffin on the menu. Of course, it gets rave reviews, and the dough can be refrigerated for up to three days.

The recipe:

Yields: 12 muffins*

3 cups AP flour, minus 3 tablespoons
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cardamon

¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk 


¾ cups unsalted butter, melted
½ cup granulated sugar
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400º F. Place the rack in the center position. Generously grease a 12-cup standard muffin pan.

Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cardamon into a mixing bowl. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl down half way through. Mix in the eggs. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk in two additions, mixing gently by hand to incorporate all the flour. The batter will be on the stiff side, but airy. Don’t over mix or beat the batter as this will make the muffins tough. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, without smoothing the tops. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. As soon as the muffins are cool enough to handle, turn them out onto a wire rack.

Add the melted butter to a bowl. In another bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon. Dip the muffins (top, sides and bottom) in the butter, using a pastry brush -if necessary- to cover areas not buttered by dipping. Immediately roll the muffins in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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  1. Love the Dirt Bombs, Somehow I ended up calling them Dirt Balls, but whatever you call them they are delicious! Yours look amazing!

  2. They look beautiful and sound delicious, Debbie! I think I have this recipe on my computer but I haven't tried making them yet.

  3. Great picture of your Dirt Bombs, Debbie. We love them, but our granddaughter does not like the name. She normally will try anything but wasn't initially interested in these. I'm sure her brother will love the name when he's a little older.

  4. Debbie, I love the new look to your blog - gorgeous!

    I have saved the dirt bomb recipe for a couple years ever since it was first mentioned. I need to get to it after seeing yours - they look delicious.


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